Quinnipiac Poll Shows Broad Support For Gun Controls

The poll by Quinnipiac University shows voters support a ban on assault weapons and that even gun owners are split on the issue of weapons control.


By margins of 2-1 or more, Connecticut voters support most including universal background checks (93–6 percent), a new Quinnipiac University poll released today shows.

Voters support stricter statewide gun-control laws, 66–30 percent, the independent poll finds. The poll shows support for specific measures including:

  • 68–28 percent back expanding the statewide ban on the sale of assault weapons. Gun owners are opposed 49–44 percent
  • 68–28 percent back a ban on the sale of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds. Gun owners are divided 49–48 percent
  • 72–27 percent back registration of all handguns, with annual renewal.  Gun owners are divided with 48 percent in favor and 50 percent opposed
  • 63 – 31 percent, including 50–46 percent among gun owners, favor limiting handgun purchases to one per month
  • 85–14 percent, including 71–28 percent among gun owners, back a permit requirement to purchase and carry all guns
  • 86–11 percent, including 85–12 percent among gun owners, favor a gun offender registry for those convicted of gun crimes;
  • 76–19 percent, including 65–32 percent among gun owners, back stricter gun storage requirements;
  • 50–43 percent back mandatory liability insurance for gun owners

“In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, there is overwhelming support among Connecticut voters for strengthening the state’s gun laws,” said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

“It is remarkable how bipartisan the support is for some of the most talked-about gun-control measures.  Universal background checks tops the list with 93 percent support, higher than we’ve ever seen for any issue in 20 years of Connecticut surveys.”

“Interestingly, Republican voters are divided 45–48 percent on the general question, ‘Do you support or oppose stricter gun-control laws in Connecticut.’  They support, however, most of the specific measures,” Schwartz added.

The Newtown tragedy makes them more likely to support gun-control, 54 percent of Connecticut voters say, while 43 percent say it makes no difference.

Voters are divided on a proposal to prohibit people convicted of drunk driving from owning guns, with 45 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.

Voters also are divided on a proposed ban on children under 18 playing violent point-and-shoot video games in public arcades, with 46 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.

Voters do support 54–41 percent placing armed police officers in public schools in the state. 

Roy Downey March 07, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Where were these people from that where sampled? How were they selected?
RM March 07, 2013 at 03:35 AM
They didn't call me me for my home? Where & how are they selected? What were the results of suggested changes to Mental Health issues in CT? No questions on this? Really? Leading the sheep it's no doubt that they would report these findings.
Marc March 07, 2013 at 12:46 PM
i believe entirely that this poll is a complete hoax and does not in anyway reflect what the citizens of the state feel. regardless the rights of americans are not up for a vote our rights are secure in the constitution the supreme law of the land. but as long as people remain in the dark they can be manipulated, get educated Americans and fast, they are moving quickly to oppression in leaps and bounds because there is no way for the economy to ever recover. Its done and they know it. God have Mercy on us.
Semi Happy Resident March 07, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I looked at the report and if somebody could tell me where it states the actual amount of voters polled in the state and where in the state this poll was done I would appreciate it since I couldn't find it. What happened in Newtown was a tradgedy but it should not be used as a tool to create hysteria or to get laws passed because everyone is highly emotional right now as to what happened there.
Ex-Democrat March 07, 2013 at 04:34 PM
This poll is pretty silly. Not a single one of any of these questions has anything to do with what they are discussing in hartford right now. The poll asks about gun permits. Hartford is discussing whether to ban hunting rifles and old cowboy guns. The poll asks about offender registries. Hartford is discussing whether to release the names of law abiding gun owners to the public the same way they do sex offenders. This is as phony as having a poll that says people think blue houses are much prettier than yellow houses and then saying it shows there is public support for laws that take people with yellow houses out to be shot. People really need to be ashamed of themselves if they are falling for this propaganda. Once upon a time the mindset everyone had was to always question authority. Nowadays everyone believes any damned fool thing the politicians tell us. What the heck happened?
Lori Chadwick March 08, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Seems that those commenting are upset because they find their thinking is in the minority. Quinnipiac polling is a well respected organization and if you track their polls you find they are highly accurate as well.


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